About CEA Group

Founded by J. Patrick “Rick” Michaels, Jr. in 1973, CEA began as a US Cable TV brokerage firm. Since then, CEA expanded and focused on the Media, Entertainment, Telecom and Technology sectors, having advised on over 900 transactions in approximately 60 countries.  In addition to Investment Banking,  CEA and its affiliates have also managed, co-managed or participated in a worldwide family of private equity funds with committed capital of approximately $1.15 billion for private equity investments in the industries CEA serves.  For the past 30 years, CEA has been active in Merchant Banking combining its advisory services with in-house capital. 

Through specialized advisory and investment banking services, as well as through alternative asset management, CEA continues to serve clients and partners as it has done for decades, guiding them through paradigm shifts in industries all over the world.

SPOTTING WINNING OPPORTUNITIES is the hallmark of CEA’s perspective and culture.  No matter the business or economic climate, opportunity demands the RIGHT THING in the RIGHT PLACE at the RIGHT TIME – Plan for it…Capitalize on it.


  • CEA has been tried and tested in the business arena in more than 60 countries around the world.  Our vision, first-hand experience and relationships can be invaluable when navigating ever-changing market landscapes.
  • Like the view through a kaleidoscope, business outlooks can change dramatically with the slightest turn.  We expect this and succeed through it.
  • CEA has thrived and survived many industry and company cycles.  Our perspective cannot be underestimated; perspective is critical to longevity and continued success in any business and any economic environment.

We invite you to call or email us and look forward to discussing what's next for your company.